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HGSE Community Celebrates 2021 Honors

In the first half of 2021, a number of Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty, students, and alumni were recognized for their hard work and achievements with awards and fellowships.
Honors and awards

Below is a look at a small portion of the prestigious honors awarded to members of the HGSE community:




  • Megan Red Shirt-Shaw, Ed.M.'17, director of the University of South Dakota Native Student Services, was elected to Harvard's Board of Overseers for a six-year term.
  • Amreen Poonawala, Ed.M.'21, was named an HGSE Summer Entrepreneurship Fellow, receiving $7,500 towards the startup of nonprofit ChalkEd. ChalkEd was also a runner up for the 2021 President’s Innovation Challenge Ingenuity Award.
  • Elijah Armstrong, Ed.M.’20, was a recipient of the 2021 Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities which recognizes outstanding emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community.  
  • Kevin Gee, Ed.M.'06, Ed.D.'10, associate professor at University of California Davis' School of Education, was named a 2020–21 Chancellor's Fellow, an honor given to UC Davis associate professors or newly promoted full professors to support their scholarly work and service to the university as dedicated teachers and campus citizens.
  • Liz Phipps Soeiro, Ed.M.'19, librarian at Cambridgeport School in Massachusetts, is a 2021 recipient of the Super Librarian Award from the Massachusetts School Library Association.
  • Lucia Mock Muñoz de Luna, Ed.M.'12, C.A.S.'13, a doctoral student and teaching assistant in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, has won a Student Undergraduate Teaching Award. She is one of only 11 teaching assistants from across the university to win one of the awards.
  • Characterizing Young Adolescents' Argumentative Writing, part of the doctoral dissertation of Ziyun Deng, Ed.M.'13, Ed.D.’21, has been selected as one of the winners at the Yidan Prize Doctoral Conference.
  • Xiaoheng “Sally” Xu, Ed.M.'14, was named a Schwarzman Scholar, an academic honor awarded to individuals interested in studying China and its relationship with the world. The scholarship finances a one-year master’s program in Global Affairs at Schwarzman College, a residential college located within Tsinghua University in Beijing.
  • Annette Finnegan, Ed.M.'21, and Said Bilani, Ed.M.'21, are among the recipients of the 2021 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship, a program that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for a foreign service career in the U.S. Department of State.
  • Sheldon Berman, Ed.M.'93, Ed.D.'93, former superintendent of Andover (Massachusetts) Public Schools is a recipient of the 2020 Mary Utne O’Brien Award for Excellence in Expanding the Evidence-Based Practice of SEL. The award is presented annually by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to celebrate lifetime achievement in the field of social-emotional learning (SEL), innovation and excellence in SEL, and strong leadership across the growing field of social-emotional learning.
  • Sharon Ravitch, Ed.M.'94, C.A.S.'95, professor of practice at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, was among those honored by the school with Faculty Recognition Awards for going "above and beyond to assist, support, and/or mentor students during this academic year."
  • Irteza Binte-Farid, Ed.M.'15, a Ph.D. student at PennGSE, was awarded a NAEd/Spencer Dissertation FellowshipTolani Britton, Ed.M.'15, Ed.D.'18, assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education, and Adela Soliz, Ed.D.'16, assistant professor at Vanderbilt's Peabody College, were named NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellows. David Liebowitz, Ed.M.'08, Ed.M.'11, Ed.D.'15, assistant professor at the University of Oregon was named a NAEd/Spencer Research Development Awardee.

If you are a member of the HGSE community and recently have won an award or achieved a special honor, please email